Currently, in a Tuesday night bible study a group of us are going through the book Fresh Wind Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala.
He brings up a point about prayer, really the entire book is a incredible story of the power of prayer but in this chapter specifically, God not only the Creator but one who we as believers can come to personally in communication with. Up until the point in the end of Genesis 4, God was as it is written the Creator. Concluding in chapter 4:26 ‘At that time men began to call on the name of the LORD.’ The start of man and God in a personal relationship, in communication with one another.
Calling upon the Lord, this personal God is who we now can experience today. But really when we look at our relationships we have with our friends and how we stay connected with all of the newest and latest technology and how anxious and frustrated we feel when we cannot check out Facebook because the site is down…ask yourself this, how much thought and attention have you given to your relationship with God? Specifically in times of prayer? Many times I find myself reflecting on this point, that we as a young generation are coming to God in prayer for our times of dining and when things are bad. We praise God for His provisions and in our times of trouble, which are not wrong at all but is that the extent of our prayer life?
Could you imagine a relationship with a friend of yours who would only would come to you when they were hungry or in some sort of trouble?
What kind of relationship do we want and have with God, and how often are we in prayer? This more than anything is an exhortation to have more times of just prayer. Nothing organized or scripted but coming to God and offering what is on your heart.
Another fact to this matter we should consider is why we do not spend more quality time in prayer? What is it that is hindering us from coming to Him? Our self serving nature? I would lean towards that as one of my greatest reasons I find myself lacking in times of prayer in every season of life. It is our flesh that desires to accomplish much in order to give glory to ourselves, rather than what is says in 1 Corinthians 10:31: “Do all to the glory of God”, we sometimes fail to acknowledge that is it God in us who strengthens us to accomplish these things daily.
God has given us prayer so that we could come to Him and know him personally. It says
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8.
Are we asking, seeking, knocking?
Prayer, we have this opportunity to do so, and I can say that I have heard many say that Heaven will be amazing because we will be face to face with our Maker. Yes indeed that is an incredible reality that we will be completely consumed by Him in Heaven. But see this last point, we profess of the great time when we get to spend eternity with our Maker, yet we can count the minutes a day we spend with Him in prayer on our hands. We await the day when we get to see our God face to face in Heaven, but let us not forget the great privilege we have through prayer to come to Him, to petition Him, give glory and honor to Him while here on earth.